Organization: Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute

Location: Maison de la paix, Auditorium A2

Description: While the global response to drugs at the multilateral level has focused, since the 20th United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) held in 1998, on demand reduction, supply reduction and international judicial cooperation; the 30th UNGASS on drugs, held in 2016, added new concerns and new tools to the global response, including access to essential medicines, the rights of children, women and indigenous people, as well as human rights and alternative development. These new elements reflect the efforts, born of effective needs on the ground, of UN Member States to address drugs and the consequences of current drug control policies in a comprehensive manner, taking into account public and individual health, economic development, social inclusion and citizen security.      

The Global Health Centre has the pleasure to invite H.E. Ambassador Beatriz Londoño-Soto to this dialogue session to discuss, through Colombia’s experience at the multilateral level and within UN fora, the shift in the approach from a law-enforcement lens to a social, economic and environmental approach to achieve sustainable development and effective drug policies.

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